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Subject: RE: FW: FW: [dita] indexing question
Hi, Rudolfo, Dave, and other index enthusiasts:
A lightbulb went off for me. I think we're conflating two cases here.
In the case of <keyword>, the element is an inline within content and a subflow in the prolog as Rudolfo has stated.
In both cases, <keyword> identifies a word from a vocabulary. In the inline case, the vocabulary word is delimited within the flow. In the prolog case, the vocabulary word is identified as potential metadata for search engines.
In neither case do we have a base processing expectation of producing published indexes for the <keyword> element. We have sometimes speculated about the possibility of generating indexes from inline mentions (in Eliot's term) of vocabulary words, but I believe we've always deferred that.
By constract, <indexterm> is a subflow in all cases as Chris has stated. The contents of <indexterm> must be translated, but the translation of the content in which <indexterm> is embedded isn't affected in any way by the positioning of <indexterm>. That is, <indexterm> does not delimit part of the flow.
In the prolog, <indexterm> is specified as serving two purposes: feeding index terms to search engines as part of the metadata and indexing the topic.
Digression: The case could be made to treat <term> in exactly the same way as <keyword>, using <keyword> for words from formal languages and <term> for words from cultural or social vocabularies. That would require adding <term> to the prolog.
Hoping that clarifies,
"Rodolfo M. Raya" <email@example.com>
07/18/2006 02:15 PM